02-Nov-2006 - Akzo Nobel nv

Akzo Nobel to divest MPP Systems business

Akzo Nobel has agreed to sell its MPP Systems® business to Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies - part of the water division of French company Veolia Environnement. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, MPP Systems specializes in developing, marketing, manufacturing and servicing water purification systems for onshore and offshore use, based on Macro Porous Polymers. Sales in 2005 totaled around EUR 5 million.

"This is a good strategic deal for all concerned which will see MPP Systems become part of the world's leading water and process water services company," said Dick Meijer, General Manager of MPP Systems. "The separation technology we have developed has proved itself to be highly effective and the prospects for the future will be further enhanced at Veolia, where solutions and technologies for water treatment are core business."

Unions and employee representative bodies have been informed. According to Akzo Nobel, regulatory approvals will be sought as and where appropriate. Closing of the deal is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2006.

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